National Archives and Records Administration - ARC Identifier 65422 / Local Identifier 342-USAF-16985 - Battle of Midway - Department of Defense. Department of the Air Force. (09/26/1947 - ). Summary: World War II battle at Midway in 1942 betwwen Japanese and US Navy ships and planes. Scenes show also Japanese ships and planes and the action Midway Island took against enemy air raids. Aircraft in picture are B-17s and Navy PBY-5s. 1) Animation of the Pacific Ocean showings the location on Midway Island. 2) AS of the Navy patrol plane in flight, interior and exterior shots showing the crew in their various positions. 3) PS taken from a ship showing Midway Island 4) CS Various types of Naval vessels at anchor. 5) Aircraft symbol, Navy PBY-5A. 6) GS our Navy PBY-5A taxiing in water. 7) Good, shot of crew in swimming suits taking gear down and attaching it to underside of planes in water. 8) Hauling the plane. 9) Good shots of the colors going by -- Marines on parade, walking up along the shore. 10) CS of the birds on the island shows them walking around on the sand. 11) PS of a ship at sea, crews in alert position. 12) PS of the crews watching the sky. 13) CS of a B-17 on Midway Island, stationary crew operating to enter plane. 14) PS of various B-17s preparing to take off on mission. 15) CS of ground personnel servicing B-17, fueling, loading in bomb bays. 16) CS crews of B-17. 17) CS railroad engineer oiling parts of the engine. 18) CS of a mother at home with a star in the window. 19) CS B-17 taxiing, two engines feathered. 20) PS L to R of Midway Island showing B-17 taking off. 21) CS ground observer looking towards sky at Japanese bomber coming in. 22) CS machine gun and ack-ack fire shooting at Japanese attack planes. 23) Good coverage of fighters taking off from base on Midway. 24) Very good coverage of the Battle of Midway showing the gunners close up, gunners firing. 25) CS of Japanese bombers coming in low over the island and dropping their bombs. 26) Excellent shots of explosions of the bombs. 27) PS harbor and hangar area show hangar burning. 28) PS along the shore showing the supply area afire. 29) PS of the Air Corps personnel on flying field -- B-17s burning. 30) CS of the US flag being raised upon the mast. 31) Good shot of the flag on mast, in bg clouds of thick black smoke going up. 32) PS of harbor area showing the buildings and hangars afire. 33) CS plane afire coming in for a crash landing. 34) CS jeep driving through the debris near burning buildings. 35) CS Medics giving first aid treatment to wounded in the battle. 36) MLS hangar building afire showing huge column of flame and smoke rising. 37) GS showing a Japanese Zero dive bomber coming in and crashing into hangar area. 38) A. formation of Navy fighters. 39) ADS battle fleet at sea -- aircraft carriers, destroyers and destroyer escorts. 40) AS of fleet underway at sea. 41) CS taken on deck of an aircraft carrier, showing the torpedo bombers and fighters taking off. 42) CS of ack-ack gun positions firing at the attacking Japanese. 43) PSs across the sea and air battle showing the ships' guns firing at the attacking Japanese Aircraft. Good coverage of the battle. 44) CS of guns firing at attacking Japanese aircraft. 45) LS Japanese fighter-bombers come in low across ship's deck. 46) CS of pilot of Navy plane. 47) Several shots of the pilots getting out off their planes aboard aircraft carrier. 48) PS of Midway Island showing damage done by air raid -- Hang. 49) CS of several Japanese planes that had crashed. 50) AS of OA-10 or Navy PBY-5 in flight. 51) Good coverage of Air Sea Rescue program. 52) CS of Air-Sea Rescue bringing in rescued pilots who have been picked up at sea. 53) CS of pilots being removed from Navy plans at rescue station. 54) PS of the remains of the hospital which was burned out during the battle. 55) PS coverage of the burial ceremonies held on Midway, soldiers and sailors at the ceremonies. 56) PSs of the flag draped caskets. 57) MLS firing squad. 58) CS of the troops saluting. 59) MLS small ships, with flag draped caskets on deck going out to sea. Good
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June 27, 2013
The MKV 3.8 GB version is 1920 x 1080, and is a very clean copy with better color and configured with side bars to keep the aspect ration correct. I was looking for some footage of the PBY and this provided a few great high quality scenes. You can play the MKV in VLC if you don't have another tool.
This is an interesting piece of propaganda from WW II and it is still interesting to watch our own reactions. The hi-definition version is worth the download time.
January 22, 2012
There are a few versions of this John Ford movie (that won a 1943 Oscar for Best Documentary) but this is definitely the cleanest print.